Botanical Name: Ajuga reptans
Common Name: Bugleweed, Carpet Bugle  
Plant photo of: Ajuga reptans
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Water Saving Tip:

Check the soil's moisture level before watering.

You can reduce your water use 20-50% by regularly checking the soil before watering.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Blue, Pink, Purple


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Bronze, Green, Dark Green, Pink, Purple, Variegated


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade



Medium, High


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Native Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Linda Engstrom, JJ Neilso
  • Description

  • Notes

This colorful groundcover grows in shade to part sun, though the more sun, the more water it needs. Spreads by runners, forming dense mats. Foliage color varies and ranges from bright green, to bronze, to purple, and nearly black, and variegated forms with white, cream, green, and pinks. Evergreen in mild winters. Blue or pink spires up to 8 inches tall in April and May. 2-4" x 12-18"
Plant in part to full shade, though best leaf color occurs with some sun. Prefers rich, organic soils that are well-drained. Spreads rapidly by stolons and can be quite aggressive in lawns. Plants may be mowed on high setting after blooming in order to remove spent flower spikes and to tidy the appearance, though it isn't necessary. Goes dormant in winter and emerges in early to mid spring, depending on the weather. In shadier areas, it may require less-frequent watering.